3 TRAITS EVERY SUCCESSFUL MAKE-UP ARTIST HAS

Breaking into the industry can be tough for aspiring hair and make-up artists. It takes time to build your reputation and network – so for newbies just starting out, there’s a lot of work to be done.

Don’t let that put you off though! Being a make-up artist is a fantastic career that gives you the chance to travel the world, meet some very interesting people, and make a living doing what you love.

At the KLMA Make-up Academy, we think there are 3 traits that every make-up artist needs to have to be successful in their career. Let’s take a look:

1. Vocational Training

When you’re thinking of becoming a make-up artist, the first thing to do is get some vocational training. Every successful make-up artist is expected to have plenty of hands-on experience and technical knowledge. And that’s something you just can’t find online or in a lecture hall.

A vocational make-up course taught by experts is a great way to get the experience and qualifications you need to become a professional make-up artist. Not only can you get a taste of what it’s like to be in the industry, but your tutors become essential contacts that can help you in your future career.

2. A strong portfolio

The second thing all successful hair and make-up artists have is a portfolio that showcases all the amazing work they’ve done, and can do! This is where number 1 can also come in handy – all the projects and looks you complete on your vocational training are a great photo-op, One of the most exciting aspects of a career as a make-up artist is the people you’ll meet. Depending on the job, you could be working with models, actors and celebrities, plus designers, stylists and crew members. That’s a lot of personalities in one place.

Imagine the high-pressure of a catwalk show or a film shoot – keep your cool, be kind to others, and people will thank you for your professionalism. , and can be used to build up your portfolio.

Whether you publish your portfolio online or carry a print version, it’s crucial that it shows people just what you’re capable of. The most successful artists will have examples of their work, including everything from fashion and beauty make-up to prosthetic’s, and period looks to full-body make-up.

3. Great people skills

One of the most exciting aspects of a career as a make-up artist is the people you’ll meet. Depending on the job, you could be working with models, actors and celebrities, plus designers, stylists and crew members. That’s a lot of personalities in one place.

Any good make-up artist will tell you it’s important to get on with everyone on set, and that means having great people skills. Make-up Artist and Head Tutor atLMA Make-up Academy, Kiera – Louise says you should “treat everyone how you want to be treated.”

Imagine the high-pressure of a catwalk show or a film shoot – keep your cool, be kind to others, and people will thank you for your professionalism.

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